A light meter is a cool thing.
You show up at a shoot, especially in the olden days, and if you have one of those hanging around your neck, you’re like Gandalf and his magical staff. I’ve used one for decades.
But now, I’m like the grizzled old mechanic who can simply listen to a car engine and determine that something is wrong, or working just fine.
Nowadays when I do a shoot, I never use my magical wizards staff to help me determine exposures. Ever.
Unless I’m in the studio, where I do require more precision and control.
However, on location, with light changing because of the clouds, sun, shadows and all other challenges, I simply learned how to guess, adjust, tweak and nail it every time, on the fly.
Using that light meter between my two ears. Who’d a thunk that that would be a super power crammed into my little pea brain. But there ya go.
I talk about how this is done in my lighting mastermind presentations. This is a valuable area. because, light.
We’re painters of light. We need to see, use and manage all light for maximum effect, results and, well, sales. Heck, I even rope in my clients to help me manage things:
The images above from a recent presentation. That, and dozens upon dozens of similar presentations in the forum for members. ALL from paid sessions. No hype, no academia nonsense, no fluff.
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer, then study profitable and successful photographers.”